Search of body of Tyrone teenager to resume in Monaghan today

The search in County Monaghan for the body of one of the disappeared who's been missing for 37 years continues today.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains has confirmed a 10 to 12 week search for the body of Tyrone teenager Columba McVeigh is underway at the site near Emyvale.

19-year-old Columba Mc Veigh from Donaghmore was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1975.

A previous dig at Bragan Bog got underway last April following new information received by the Commission.

However, it ended without success in May.

This operation is in the same area, and is being described as an extension of the earlier search. Preparatory work was done yesterday at the site, with the expectation that a dig will begin today.

It is anticipated that the latest operation will last for approximately 10 to 12 weeks, depending on weather conditions.

The teenager's mother, Vera McVeigh, who campaigned tirelessly for the return of his body, died five years ago, aged 82.

So far, the Commission has found the bodies of nine of the sixteen so-called 'Disappeared'.